In and Around Detroit in 1910: historical photographs and text

Souvenir Album In and Around Detroit 1910

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Our Lady of Sorrows School     1910   
(WEBMASTERS NOTE: church destroyed by fire in 1908--see text below)

Church of our Lady of Sorrows     Detroit, Michigan

1910---As a mission given at St. Anne's Church in the year of our Lord A.D. 1884, a committee was appointed to take steps towards procuring a church for the Belgians and Hollanders of the city of Detroit and its vicinity.  This committee consisted of  Peter Dingeman, Paul Note, Louis Ruterzeele and Charles Peter Rabaut. The first meeting was called September 4th, A.D. 1884, and it was proposed to buy a frame building at that time occupied by the Lutherans for church purposes and which was situated at 18 and 20 Catherine Street. At a meeting held  September 21st, it was voted on to buy the property above mentioned and within one year thereafter a brick addition was built to the frame building thereon. the church was blessed on July 20th, A.D. 1885. Rev. Hendryckx was the first pastor, followed by Rev. Henry De Gryse and Rev. John  Geerts,  and Rev. Henry Syven, the present occupant. On the 5th day of November, A.D. 1908, the church, then being out of debt, was partially destroyed by fire and the property was sold for business purposes and a new site selected at he corner of Meldrum and Berlin. In 1909 a school building was erected on the new site, and this building is now being used temporarily for church and residence purposes. 

On the 5th day of June, A.D. 1910, the cornerstone of their new church was laid by Vicar-General P.J. Dempsey with imposing ceremonies, and amidst much rejoicing.

The new church, in addition to meeting the requirements of the Belgian and Holland people was, through the good offices of our beloved Bishop John S. Foley, given a parish whose boundaries were designated and fixed under his authority, and the Catholics of said parish co-operating in the erection of said church.    (page 37)

Containing Illustrations of Catholic Churches, Schools and Acadamies and Institutions
  (includes Windsor, Ontario area)

The photographs and text were published in 1910 in honor of the seventh Annual Meeting of the Catholic Educational Association which met in Detroit, Michigan, July 5, 1910